A place for friends, fun and food

Normally, the county’s senior centers are places for gathering, and having fun and food. Concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) have caused a temporary halt to these activities, but we recently dropped in to the senior center on the grounds of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Zephyrhills, before the threat of pandemic cast its shadow over daily activities. … [Read more...]

Fair aims to find loving homes for pets

Feeling the need to find forever homes for stray animals, The Unity North Tampa church, 19520 Holly Lane in Lutz, hosted a pet adoption fair last month. Dozens of kittens and 14 dogs were at the event. The adoption fair also featured pet blessings, performed by the Rev. Virginia Walsh. People wishing to have their pets blessed, could bring them on leashes or in carriers. Or, they could bring a … [Read more...]

Paynes Prairie State Preserve is something special

Wild horses on Paynes Prairie are descendants of horses that lived on the prairie in the 1600s, when it was part of a Spanish cattle ranch called Rancho de la Chua. Today, a trail in the park is named for the ranch. For more on this nature lovers' paradise, see full story. … [Read more...]

Making their voices heard in the Presidential Preference Primary

Pasco County voters hit the polls on March 17 to make their vote count in the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary, despite threats posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. For more coverage on this story, see full story. … [Read more...]

Using string to create masterpieces

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently hosted a paint-by-string event, as part of its Try it Tuesday program. This was the library’s first time doing this particular craft. The craft involved placing pieces of string in each of six available watercolor paint colors. One color at a time, participants then placed the painted string in between two pieces of paper, allowing a … [Read more...]

The Roaring ‘20s return

Downtown Zephyrhills transformed back into the wild decade of gangsters, flappers, sparkles, feathers – and tin can tourists. The 110th Founder’s Day Parade & Heritage Festival, on March 7, was themed ‘The Roaring ’20s: Glitz, Glam and Tin Cans.’  This year’s event featured over 80 vendors, a kid-friendly zone, live music, storytelling presentations, a police K-9 demonstration and, of course, … [Read more...]

Environmental day offers hands-on lessons

Academy at the Lakes, an independent school in Land O’ Lakes, recently hosted its fourth annual Senior Kindergarten Environmental Science Habitat Celebration Day. During the day, students in the senior kindergarten class were paired with eighth-graders as they moved through several student-led activity stations. The stations — prepared by the school’s Upper Division environmental science class — … [Read more...]

Traveling back in time to 1861

The thunderous sounds of canons and rifle fire filled the air at a recent Civil War reenactment at the Florida Pioneer Museum and Village, at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. The three-day event, which concluded March 1, gave those attending a chance to get a feel for what life was like in the 1860s. Actors, dressed in period clothing and uniforms, remained in character, as they mingled … [Read more...]

Watercolor artist Joye Moon gives visual presentation

Joye Moon, a watercolor artist and author, gave a free demonstration of her watercolor techniques during a Feb. 4 visit presented by the Pasco Fine Arts Council and Avalon Park West, at Avalon Park West’s Amenity Center in Wesley Chapel. During the 2-hour event, the award-winning artist offered a glimpse into her work flow and techniques. Besides explaining her techniques, she took questions from … [Read more...]

Simulation teaches a real-life history lesson

Second-grade students at McKitrick Elementary School, 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Road, went back in time, to the early 1900s, when the school had its third annual Ellis Island simulation on Feb. 27.  Students and volunteers, many dressed in period clothing, were able to get a taste of the kind of experience endured by people arriving in America during that time. The program featured the different steps … [Read more...]